[personal profile] kyra_ojosverdes
I was craving satay sauce the other night, so made some tonight for dinner. (Yes, the satay sauce is for dinner. The vegetables and rice are merely vehicles for the sauce.) My first batch came out weird. Maybe my fish sauce (no expiration date, and it's made of fermented stuff to start with, right) was off, or maybe adding the lime juice that I've never had on hand before made the difference. I put the first batch in a bowl to cool and will let it sit in the fridge for a couple days to mellow, then see if it's any good. It smelled nasty when it was hot. My second batch of sauce came out perfectly (soy sauce instead of fish sauce as I was out of fish sauce, 1/2 the amount of lime juice the recipe calls for).

As I was cooking, the spices smelled really good. I was suddenly seized by a desire to make hazelnut pumpkin soup, and this great ice cream dessert involving pralines and gingersnaps. (Please note: as a rule, I am not seized by the desire to cook, merely by the need.) I scared myself a little there...

And since I'll have spent two hours on this "making dinner" endeavor by the time it's ready to serve, I get to claim double XP on Chore Wars. That bastard overachiever [livejournal.com profile] dimfuture is ahead of me by 270 XP this week. I'm all out of dishes to wash, and running low on laundry. Damn you, Swensen! I'm going to have to study for those overdue certifications to catch up to him.

Edit: omg SO yummy. Mmmmm.

Edit 2:
Recipes from the First Nations: Pumpkin Soup
Thai Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Cream Sauce

Creamy hazelnut soup

Date: 2007-09-20 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimfuture.livejournal.com
Gina informed me that you were catching up and insisted I do a bunch of stuff to stay ahead. Um, I win?

Date: 2007-09-20 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
You're winning at the moment. Just you wait until I find someone who'll let me mow their lawn. :-p

"It's for a sort of contest but I promise I'm not selling magazines!"

Date: 2007-09-20 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
Also, it amuses me that getting a pay raise upon completing certifications doesn't adequately motivate me to study, nor does "So have you scheduled the test yet," but getting ahead of you in Chore Wars XP does. I think I'll be sending the developer some money.

Date: 2007-09-20 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimfuture.livejournal.com
Paying to do chores -- or, rather, paying to acknowledge that one did chores. Truly it's a perverse world.

Date: 2007-09-20 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
Yup. But it's working. So hell, I'll pay the guy for writing it!

Date: 2007-09-20 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasheesty.livejournal.com
Your cooking sounds soooo yummy!!

I used to cook quite regularly "back in the day" but I also drank a lot while doing it so since getting sober (5 yrs ago) and going FT 3-11 shift, I rarely cook much--or cook much simpler--than I used to do. With the cool fall weather coming on, I'm going to *try* to do more. My husband & daughter would gladly live on Chinese take out,pizza,etc.And I do pretty well with Cheerios and yogurt drinks. It's not the same as meat,vegetables,casseroles,salads,homemade chili & soups though.

Date: 2007-09-20 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
My cooking usually involves "bare minimum, call it food, serve it up." If that. I keep the freezer stocked with cheapo freezer pizza for evenings when I'm working late, going out, or just when the kids are hungry after school. (My oldest is 13 and is allowed to use the stove when I'm not home, with the rule that he must not leave the kitchen until the stove and oven are turned off.)

I grew up Mormon, so I know how to cook. I just usually don't feel like it. :-)

Date: 2007-09-20 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kasheesty.livejournal.com
I totally hear you! ; P

hazelnut pumpkin soup,

Date: 2007-09-20 11:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andreas_schaefer
that sounds interesting - how does one do that ?
( annual Wednesday's group pumpkin party is coming up and we may run out of pumpkinny foodstuff to try one of these years )

Re: hazelnut pumpkin soup,

Date: 2007-09-20 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
I'll look for a recipe. A quick Google search gave me nothing.

Re: hazelnut pumpkin soup,

Date: 2007-09-20 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
I put some recipe links in the post. None of them are the recipe I used, but they all sound good.

Date: 2007-09-20 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguespirit.livejournal.com
So... is there a recipe for this hazelnut pumpkin soup?

Date: 2007-09-20 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
I'm looking for one. I got it out of a magazine years ago. It was good.

Date: 2007-09-20 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
I put some recipe links in the post. None of them are the recipe I used, but they all sound good.

Date: 2007-09-20 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feonixrift.livejournal.com
I'm (finally) starting to be tempted by this chore wars concept.

Date: 2007-09-20 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-ojosverdes.livejournal.com
I'm pretty competitive by nature. It lies dormant until there's a worthy challenger (where either of us could win), and then it comes out full force.



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